M'Baye Niang ended his AC Milan scoring drought in style, netting twice and setting up one in...
M'Baye Niang ended his AC Milan scoring drought in style, netting twice and setting up one in a convincing 4-1 win over visiting Sampdoria on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Niang hadn't scored in 35 previous Serie A appearances for Milan.
After providing the cross for Giacomo Bonaventura's opener, Niang converted a penalty before halftime then intercepted a pass from Sampdoria's goalkeeper for another score after the interval.
Seconds earlier, Niang nearly scored with an acrobatic airborne backheel deflection following a free kick from Alessio Cerci.
|M Baye Niang of AC Milan scores his second goal with a neat finish|
It was Niang's second brace in Italy, having also scored two while on loan with Genoa last season.
Luiz Adriano added another for Milan with a beautiful chest control and volley, and Eder converted a penalty for Sampdoria near the end for his 10th goal of the season, drawing him level with Napoli's Gonzalo Higuain atop the scoring chart.
Milan moved into fifth place, seven points behind leader and city rival Inter Milan, as coach Sinisa Mihajlovic got the better of his former club.
Niang has made a few appearances for France Under-21s but is still waiting for his first call-up to the senior side although he is still eligible to play for his country of birth Senegal